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bareMinerals Prime Time® Foundation Primer
5 varieties available

bareMinerals Prime Time® Foundation Primer

BY BAREMINERALS #91 in Face Primer

4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars54%
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  • 3 Stars14%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.23 / 5 based on 1,525 Reviews

Product Description

What it is:


Engineered to be the perfect companion to our award-winning ORIGINAL Mineral Foundation, Prime Time® is an effective face primer that is suitable for all skin types and forms of face makeup. Formulated without preservatives, oil, fragrance or skin irritants, it glides on like silk with no stickiness and helps to smooth out your complexion instantly before you apply foundation.

Infused with nourishing natural ingredients including vitamins C and E, soothing plant extracts and antioxidants, our popular foundation primer is an important prep step of your daily makeup routine that helps to reduce excess oil and the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores, giving you a seamless satin canvas for your foundation of choice.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Silicate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract


For best results, shake the bottle well before each use. A little goes a long way with this powerful foundation primer.

Apply one pump to your fingertips and spread the lightweight primer all over your face and neck in an even layer with sweeping upward motions. Allow the face primer to absorb into your skin before applying foundation.

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  • It is worth the price? I have the elf primer and would li...15 Answers
  • I've been using a lotion as a primer with my bare mineral...10 Answers
  • How does this work for oily T-Zones?4 Answers
bareMinerals Prime Time® Foundation Primer
bareMinerals Prime Time® Foundation Primer
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  • "i got this in my kit. i already brought this when it was on sale at sephora but never used it. so i started using this a month back. it have good coverage. a little squeeze goes along way. it’s smooth on the face. it give a matte look. you can just use this and a lil but of loose powder and you’ll be good to go" in 160 reviews
  • "I like it and it does go a long way, however it is a little pricey and I wish it was a bit more mattifying." in 9 reviews
  • "It gives a very smooth surface to work with and helps my makeup stay in place all day long." in 6 reviews
  • "It may help to keep your bare minerals in place but it smells terrible and the oil control formula doesn't really do its job very well." in 5 reviews
Sue C.
1 review
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Best prime ever!!! I have oily skin. I was worry at first that it might my make face too oily, but it doesn't. I just have to make sure that I let it set on my face for a couple of minutes then I can apply my foundation on. I use bare mineral matte foundation and the prime help to smooth the surface of my face and it helps my makeup stay all day too. I have try this foundation without the prime and I can tell the difference around my nose and my forehead because the foundation will make my dry spot noticeable. I used this five to six day of the week and this bottle last me for about 4 1/2 months before I done with the bottle. So when I think about it, it not a bad price for it.
Tatyana P.
66 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
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I’m in love with this primer!! It keeps my foundation on the whole day makes it easier to apply too!!! It’s long lasting on the face!!! No cons about this it’s so good!!!!! I recommend this to others that r looking for a good primer!!
Vanessa C.
Dallas, TX
4 reviews
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I absolutely love this primer especially the oil control one. I recommend this for everyone. It keeps all of my makeup on throughout the day. I love the texture of this. it is so light but works really well. I have oily to combination skin and I love this I don't get as oily as I would with other primers. If you have more oily skin I would recommend the oil control one but if you have normal to dry skin I would get the original one.
Kristopher A.
12 reviews
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It's PrimeTime baby!

This was actually my very first primer that I ever tried, and I forgot how good it was! Prime Time from Bare Minerals is silicone primer that makes your skin incredibly smooth, minimizes pores, and helps create an even canvas for foundation application. It works great using powder products or traditional liquid foundations. Glad I came across a long lost old friend. 😉
Erin H.
Tannersville, PA
26 reviews
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I love this primer!!! It literally melts into your skin to create the perfect canvas to apply your mineral makeup on!! It also works great for any other foundation as well!! It feels greasy when first out if the tube, as it us a silicone base primer, but when rubbed in, it leaves your face super soft and perfectly primed for makeup. It definitely assists in making your makeup last longer, and look better by the end of the day. I also love the prime time bb cream primer...same properties as this, plus a little bit if coverage ☺️ I live this product,and all bare minerals!!!!
Amy B.
Colorado Springs, CO
52 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
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I had never given much thought to a primer until my best friend recommended I try this. Now when I don't feel like doing a full face look but want my skin to look even and fresh I will wear just this. It's blends great, is super easy to use and isn't very expensive, which is important to me. Plus I have very sensitive skin and break out easy, this gives me everything I'm looking for without making my face look oily.
Crystal C.
Shaker Hts, OH
27 reviews
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I love the prime time primer it feels so soft when you squeeze a dab my pores looked smaller & my face felt smooth once you put the makeup on it gives you a matte finish looks camera ready a bit pricy but worth it because it doesn't take much but a small amount and dot your face I really recommend anyone looking for a good primer to try it out.
Lauren S.
Norman, OK
30 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
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This primer works and I actually find it to be moderately priced compared to other alternatives... and it lasts a very long time. That being said, it does not work quite as well as the MAC primer I've used in the past (close but no cigar), and if I use it every day it WILL break my skin out so I only use it for special occasions. I was really bummed about the way it interacts with my skin because I have NEVER had any problems with other bare escentuals products. If you're looking for daily use and have sensitive, you may want to look for another product.
Olivia C.
23 reviews
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This product is all that it says it is and more! Prime Time perfectly sets your face before putting on foundation and other makeup products. Without using this primer, it is easy for the foundation to look clumpy or uneven when applied to your face. Use Prime Time and it will help even out the pores and any uneven surfaces on your skin. This will also leave your skin nice and moisturized throughout the day. 
Jourdan L.
43 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
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This primer is awesome. I use it with my bare minerals pro foundation and put it on first with my moisturizer then going on top. It creates a smooth, even canvas to flawlessly apply your makeup. It is a little expensive, but you get a large amount and it definitely goes a long way. I've never had any problems with it breaking out my skin. They also offer different variations of the primer depending on what you are looking for (bb cream, spf, etc)
Hannah K.
Lakewood, OH
144 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
It is worth the price? I have the elf primer and would like to upgrade. Thanks!
McCalla E.
Marysville, WA
17 reviews
Does this primer actually work? I have only had one primer actually work on my skin.
Hannah C.
Clinton Township, MI
2 reviews
I've been using a lotion as a primer with my bare minerals powder but just found that they have this primer. Does it actually work? And does it make your face oily?
Jennifer G.
Skippack, PA
331 reviews
I usually only use primer during the drier winter months. Do you use this product under your makeup all the time?
Taylor D.
Groton, MA
111 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I just started using this product and am worried about breakouts- has anyone experienced bad breakouts using this?

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